Coronavirus latest: BHA forced to shutdown their London HQ over virus fears

THE British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have been forced to close their London office because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The High Holborn HQ of the BHA will be shutdown until further notice after several members of staff displayed symptoms of the bug.

As a result, those employees have entered a period of self-isolation while the remaining staff are working from home.

The offices will now undergo a deep clean before they are reopened.

A statement read: "The office at 75 High Holborn will be closed to all staff and visitors from Monday March 16 until further notice.

"This is due to a small number of office-based BHA employees self-isolating, in line with Government guidance, having experienced mild symptoms that could potentially be consistent with coronavirus (Covid-19).

"We emphasise that these are not confirmed cases.

"All office-based staff are being asked to work remotely, purely as a precaution.

"The building is currently undergoing a deep clean and will be reopened when practicable."

The closure comes just 24 hours after the governing body announced a number of new restrictions on the sport.

Racing is set to continue behind closed doors this week, with the finer details being thrashed out today.

This will continue until the end of March at the earliest, throwing next months Grand National meeting into serious doubt.

The BHA said: “The BHA will tomorrow (Monday) discuss an approach recommended by the industry’s COVID-19 group.

“It is likely to mean racing moves behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March. Racing’s fixture list will also be considered.”

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